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Posted by Harvey on October 30, 2001 02:55:23 UTC

Mark,

>>>Whether the chain has a "first link" or is infact looped or infinite... there will always be an element of mystery as Harv says, because the "first link" (fundamental axiom) has no other "link" to refer too. This axiom is then undefined, and is simply accepted to be obviously true (postulate). This however, is the definition of an assumption, not a fact. Therefore, since all "links" are derived from the previous, and the beginning is ill-defined (assumed)... then the reality of the entire chain itself is questionable, because the origin of every successive link can be traced back to the beginning of the chain. The origin of that first link, whether or not it actualy exists, is steeped in mystery.

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